Faridabad: The Faridabad police has busted a gang of highly-sophisticated cybercriminals involved in duping an export-import firm of the father-in-law of actor Sonam Kapoor of over Rs 27 crore. Police officials informed on Friday that the tricksters had been duping Kapoor’s father-in-law Harish Ahuja’s Faridabad-based firm, Shahi Export Factory, by misappropriating Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies licences, meant for his firm, on the basis of his forged Digital Signature Certificate and encashing them.
Explaining the modus operandi of this cyber fraud, Faridabad Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Nitish Agarwal said that the government gives some incentives to export firms in the form of ROSCTL licences, entitling them to some rebate in the excise and customs duties.
These ROSCTL licences happen to be akin to digital coupons worth several lakh rupees entitling the firm to get rebates in taxes and duties, the DCP said, adding that the fraudsters had secured a total of 154 ROSCTLs worth Rs 27.61 crore of Ahuja’s firm. They have been transferring this amount to fake and fictitious firms opened by them and encashing them. They also used to get these coupons encashed by transferring them to other firms, DCP Agarwal said.
Working silently on the complaint of Ahuja’s firm since July last year, the Faridabad police has arrested a total of nine accused from different places in the country, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Karnataka, Agarwal said. The last arrest was made on December 23 last year, the officer said, adding some of the accused included former clerks and employees of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, well-versed in the technicalities and working of the DGFT.
The DCP identified the arrested accused as Delhi residents Manoj Rana, Manish Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Lalit Kumar Jain and Manish Kumar Moga besides Bhusan Kishan Thakur of Mumbai and Suresh Kumar Jain of Chennai. Two others arrested in the scam were identified as Ganesh Parsuram of Raichur in Karnataka, Rahul Raghunath of Raigadh and Santosh Sitaram of Pune. Mr Agarwal said accused Manoj Rana, Manish Kumar, Praveen Kumar and Manish Kumar Moga had earlier worked as clerks in the DGFT and were well-versed in the functioning of the directorate. They used to fraudulently secure codes of big exim firms and by checking their records, used to ascertain the money in their accounts as well as the value of the ROSCTL coupons they happened to be entitled to, before targetting them.